Lettuce is generally classified into four basic types and one of which is looseleaf lettuce.
Looseleaf lettuce, also known as leafy greens, are varieties of lettuce that don’t form compact heads. Instead, they are loose bunches of leaves that are joined by one single stem. Hence, where the name was in reference to. The leaves come in a wide range of red and green colors, with edges that are either smooth or ruffled. Their crispness level falls between romaine and butterhead, two of the other basic types of lettuce. However, they are generally more nutritious than them. They are also noted for their delicate and sweet flavor that works perfectly on many recipes across the world.
Moreover, looseleaf lettuce can be classified into four types: Red leaf, green leaf, green oak, and red oak. Red and green leaves offer a milder flavor while oakleaves offer a spicier and nuttier taste. That, along with the tender leaves it provides, makes looseleaf lettuce one of the favorite additions among salad mixes like spring or mesclun.
Meanwhile, green leaf lettuce is native to Europe. It was first mentioned in 1753, in the second volume of Carl Linnaeus’ book “Species Plantarum.” As this looseleaf variety is favored by gardeners, it has been extremely popular since the late 19th century. Nowadays, it can be found almost anywhere across the globe.
Species: L. Sativa
Binomial Name: Lactuca Sativa
Looseleaf Lettuce Trivia
- Looseleaf lettuce is the most commonly grown lettuce in California home gardens.
- The United States consumes 30 pounds of lettuce, on average, every single year.
- Some hieroglyphic records show that lettuce is being grown for over 60 centuries now.